Civil war photograph album offered at PBA Galleries

A civil war era photo album displaying images of members of Congress (including Lincoln's cabinet) will be offered at PBA Galleries on April 7.

A total of 258 images are featured, of which over 200 are signed by the sitters. It was compiled between 1865 and 1870.  

Abraham Lincoln album
The album features Abraham Lincoln's carte de visite

A raft of famous names have left their mark, including attorney general (1864-1866) James Speed and treasury secretary Salmon P Chase (1861-1864).

A print of Alexander Gardner's iconic portrait of Abraham Lincoln is also included, although this is unsigned.

The comprehensive nature of the collection is likely to draw in buyers.

Additionally, most of the photographs were taken by Gardner and Mathew Brady - two pioneering photographers whose work is in high demand.

The auction house describes it as "an exceptional photographic record of Lincoln and the Civil War documented in rare carte-de-visite portraits, signaling the power of 'heroic portrait in a bold new form.'"

It's expected to sell for around $25,000-35,000.

A first edition copy of Mark Shaw's The John F Kennedys: A Family Album (1964), inscribed by Shaw to FDR Jr (the son of Franklin D and Eleanor Roosevelt), is valued at $20,000-30,000.

Shaw started his career as a fashion photographer.

Jacqueline Kennedy was a big fan of his work and in 1959 he was given access to photograph the family's home life.

The portfolio was published just a couple of months after the Kennedy assassination, and proved popular with a public in mourning. Signed copies are extremely rare.

The lot is accompanied by 76 gelatin silver prints from the book, each hand numbered by Shaw.

We have a one-of-a-kind photograph signed by the Kennedy family for sale.

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